Lynch Mob Media Wakes Up, Wrongly Hyperventilates Over 2016 Appellate Ruling

Photo Credit: San Antonio Express-News. TSgt. Jaime Rodriguez is a dirtbag. The facts of his conviction in a 2013 court martial leave little doubt about this. He used his position as an Air Force recruiter to form and consummate inappropriate sexual relationships with recruits, applicants, and recruiter's assistants. To make matters worse, Rodriguez was married [...]

By | December 16th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|2 Comments

Yeah, Pretty Much This Deployed Tanker Squadron Has a Safety Problem

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron sits on the flightline after flying a mission over the Arabian Sea at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Jan. 27, 2016. Coalition forces fly daily missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. OIR is the coalition intervention against the Islamic [...]

By | December 10th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|8 Comments

Does this Deployed Tanker Squadron Have a Safety Problem?

A pilot from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron prepares to take off in a KC-135 Stratotanker in support of an Operation Inherent Resolve mission over Iraq Oct 6, 2016. The KC-135 provides the core aerial refueling capability for the U.S. Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 50 years. [...]

By | December 2nd, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|47 Comments

Desperation Move: Air Force to Experiment With Partial Training of Pilots

I've been saying it for years and I'll say it again: the Air Force does not have a pilot shortage because of a shortage of people who want to fly airplanes. It has a pilot shortage because life in the Air Force sucks. If you're going to take a daily kick in the junk for [...]

By | November 30th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|17 Comments

Good Commander, Bad Leadership

I respect Jerry Martinez. When I worked for him a decade ago, I found his orientation as a leader to be spot-on. His concern in all things was taking care of people, enabling them to nail the mission. This view of leadership led to countless solid decisions -- many requiring the moral courage to resist [...]

By | November 25th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Leadership and Managing|33 Comments

As USAF Hemorrhages Due to Tempo, Wasteful Deployments Continue

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson has been dead honest about the Air Force's unfolding human resource crisis. There are not enough pilots for the core service mission, and this acute shortage reflects a more broadly felt gap between mission and manpower. This isn't a new problem and it isn't a surprise. The Air [...]

By | November 23rd, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|3 Comments

No, Imbeciles … this Airman is Not Protesting.

Back in the days before we lost our collective minds, there was a common sense rule about taking things mainly at face value. The most likely explanation for something, so the saying went, was probably true. But in the current era of unwarranted mass hyperventilation, reactionary freakouts over trivialities are an everyday occurrence. In this [...]

By | November 18th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|3 Comments